"McAnallen has set a new standard for GAA history books ... the book contains an absolute mine of information..." - Irish Independent
"... an absolute triumph. ... Littered with astonishing anecdotes, detailed match accounts and wonderful photographs, McAnallen has achieved the impossible ... superbly produced, encyclopaedic and written with a lightness of touch." - Irish News
"McAnallen fills The Cups that Cheered
with such a wealth of anecdote that he renders the subject utterly absorbing ..." - Sunday Independent
"exhaustive and compelling ... educates while also providing pleasurable reading" - Belfast Telegraph
" This book is beautifully produced" Scolaire Staire Magazine " It is an important contribution to the ever growing field of Irish sports history firstly, but it is also an important piece of education and social history" Scolaire Staire Magazine
About the Author
Donal McAnallen is a history graduate of Queen's University Belfast, and the National University of Ireland Galway. In both he played Gaelic football, was involved in organising Sigerson Cup tournaments, and he has been national treasurer and secretary of Comhairle Ardoideachais, the GAA's Higher Education Council. Throughout he remained active with his club, An Eaglais, Co. Tyrone. He has worked at the Cardinal O Fiaich Library & Archive, Armagh, has been widely published, and he co-edited The Evolution of the GAA (2009).